When children and their caregivers are cooped up inside, sometimes, nothing helps like going for a walk. You get fresh air, a dose of nature, and something new to focus on. But sometimes, walks - in and of themselves - can be boring. Especially if you and the kids take the same route frequently. So, in this article, we’ll give some ideas for taking purpose-driven walks with daycare kids or … [Read more...] about 5 Fun, purpose-driven walks to go on with daycare kids or preschoolers
It may be surprising to know that bullying can start at a young age. Even three and four year olds can be mean and hurtful - as innocent as we often think they are. Of course, this situation is hardest on the victim. Can you imagine being a little kid, venturing into the world without your parents, then being bullied, and not understanding why? The parent pain follows - no mom or dad wants … [Read more...] about How to handle a preschool bully as a parent or early childhood educator
When you speak to parents of kids with vision problems, you may sometimes hear that they had no idea their child wasn’t able to see. It may be that there was no genetic history of vision impairment in the family. So, it may have been hard to suspect. Or, a parent may not have known that babies should get their eyes checked - yes, even babies! In this article, we’ll explain how to recognize early … [Read more...] about How to recognize early vision problems in toddlers and preschoolers
As Western parents, we often want our kids to stay clean. Not just because we’re worried about germs, but also because - who wants to clean that up? Not us! However, there are benefits to messy play in early childhood. Getting dirty for fun is ok. And, it’s for more reasons than you may think. In this article, we’ll explain why kids getting messy and dirty is great for their child … [Read more...] about Benefits of messy play in early childhood; getting dirty for fun is ok!
Deciding what manners are appropriate for children to maintain at a certain age, and then teaching those manners, can be two different battles. Children definitely need to be trained to be polite and respectful. It won’t come naturally to them, since they are born self-centred, of course. They also get everything handed to them without a ‘price’ from the moment they’re born. Free milk, free … [Read more...] about 3 key strategies to teach manners to toddlers and preschool-aged children
In early childhood, it’s common to be unaware of social norms that we adults like to call, “manners” or “being polite.” However, these types of behaviours to show respect need to be taught, and learned. They are different than empathy, which also can require some training and awareness exercises. Displays of outward respect and thankfulness are often culturally based. So, when your kid forgets … [Read more...] about What are age-appropriate manners for preschoolers in early childhood?